Livingston Recording Studios

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Livingston Studios were started by Ray Kinsey, a film director from North London, who branched out into recording talking books for the blind. The first Livingston Studio[1] designed for recording music was set up in Barnet UK during 1963 where work on talking books continued alongside the recording of folk music. Kinsey's son, Nick Kinsey, joined the company in 1966. Nick Kinsey started to develop the studios continuing with the recording of folk music and branching out into pop music. He recorded artists such as Sweeney's Men,[2] Pentangle, Iain Matthews and Russ Ballard. Nick Kinsey bought the studio from Fred Livingston-Hogg an Oxford-based business man who had been involved with the Livingston Hire Group, with the help of Alan Tomkins and Michael Smee, and rebuilt it. Livingston Studios were purchased by Miloco Studios in 2012, who continue to run the studio.[1]


During 1980 that Nick Kinsey decided to expand the business and move to an old Church hall in Wood Green and transformed it into a hi-tech studio. In 1985 a second studio was added and Jerry and Mary Boys joined the company. By 1987 they had opened two more studios in Guillemot Place North London.[1]

In 1993 Livingston succumbed to the nationwide recession in UK and the Guillemot studios were closed down. The Brook Road studios were acquired by Jerry Boys and Dave Margereson who owned the music management company Mismanagement and the new company Livingston Recording Studios Ltd was set up.[1]

Nick Gold, producer and owner of the World circuit record label, met Jerry Boys after working together on an album with Oumou Sangaré and they started to work together with the Buena Vista Social Club.[1] The Buena Vista Social Club's eponymous multi million selling first album was recorded at Egrem studios, Havana and mixed by Boys and Gold at Livingston Studios. They released it on their World Circuit label in 1997.[3]

Björk's debut album Debut (1993) was recorded and mixed at Livingston Studios by producer Marius De Vries. It sold over 2.5m copies worldwide.[4]

In 2001 Gold bought the company from Boys which enabled most of World Circuit's artists to be record and mix their music at Livingston Studios.

Nick Gold sold Livingston to global recording studio directory Miloco Studios in 2012, who renovated the studio in October of that year[1] and re-launched the studio alongside producer Mike Crossey.[5] Since then artists such as The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Låpsley, Gin Wigmore, Hozier and Ben Howard have all worked on projects at Livingston Studios with Mike Crossey[6]

In 2015 Miloco Studios renovated Studio 2, installing Augspurger Monitors and a Custom Series 75 console powered by Neve.[7] Livingston Studio 1 was also renovated and upgraded with new equipment, including a pair of Augspurger Duo-12 monitors.[8]

Artists who have used Livingston Studios[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Livingston Recording History
  2. ^ Sleeve notes from Sweeney's Men CD, Castle Communications Plc, ESM CD 435, 1996.
  3. ^ The Buena Vista Social Club at allmusic
  4. ^ Björk Debut album on Allmusic
  5. ^ PSN News Article on Miloco Studios
  6. ^ Livingston Studio 1 Discography
  7. ^ Audio Media International
  8. ^ Fast And Wide